Post # 1
I was hopeful about hand addressing the invites after I saw the post about "faux calligraphy" and I tried a couple of the methods mentioned. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get a natural looking sample (that doesn’t look as thought I have traced it). I even had a glass of wine to see if that would take the edge off (ha, it didn’t).
Anyway, what did you brides to be do with your invites? Did everyone either hand address or hire a calligrapher? Are there any brides out there that printed the addresses onto the envelopes? Did you get any flack for that decision?
I am not ready to give up the dream yet on beautiful, hand addressed invites. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington
I don’t think I will be hiring a calligrapher, just not our style. I don’t think there should be a rule on this one. I plan on creating fun labels that match our paper and invitation suite and envelope liners. We’re having a much more modern wedding with very little traditional elements. It would not seem fitting for us to use a calligrapher.
Completely your call, as it is your wedding. I think you’ll get flack or feedback either way. Just remember at the end of the day, are you happy with it? If someone gives you a hard time, tell them they can use a calligrapher for their wedding.
Post # 4
I printed out addresses onto clear adhesive address labels and stuck them on the envelopes. No one has said anything about it, and frankly, I wouldn’t care much if they did. Life is short–spend money on things that matter! I don’t think people really notice the envelope anyway–the interesting stuff is all inside.
Post # 5
I am addressing ours but I know calligraphy and have decent handwriting. But I’m also a perfectionist and would love to have Jenna Hein do them! Haha. There are people on etsy? Also, your calligrapher doesn’t have to live near you. You can send your envelopes anywhere. Did you budget for a calligrapher? Do you have any wiggle room? I know people say that they don’t notice the envelope, but I do. Call me weird.
Post # 6
We ran the envelopes straight through my dad’s color laser printer. We opted to use the same font as on the invites, rather than pretending that they were faux-ligraphed. I think they came out beautiful. (Obviously, or I would have chosen something else. Still, they were nice.)
Post # 7
I think we are just going to run our through our printer. If I had better handwriting, I’d write them all out myself. But they will look much better if I don’t!
Post # 8
I used a calligrapher I found on craigslist. I mailed her my envelopes and within 2 weeks I had them back (she even paid to send them back to me). She only charged $1 an envelope and they looked amazing. If you are interested I can send you a picture of her work and her contact info – just PM me.
Post # 9
I printed onto labels. Everybody actually complimented our invites, and said they were beautiful and unique. 🙂
Post # 10
I printed straight on to the envelopes. I have bad handwriting and couldn’t bring myself to write on them. I haven’t heard a complaint.
Post # 11
I printed directly on the envelope. I had thought about doing clear labels but figured this was a good compromise between the labels and handwriting. I used the same fonts we used on everything. I actually had someone ask about them while I was at the post office dropping them off. She said they were beautiful and you couldnt tell they were printed. I think this rule is a little silly, most people won’t notice and EVERYONE will throw it away!
Post # 12
The envelope is the first thing that gets tossed. So I hand-addressed them all. I didn’t feel the need for the extra cost of calligraphy, when that money could easily go towards another wedding budget item.
Post # 13
My FI and I hand-addressed ours — we bought periwinkle blue gel pens to match our colors, and neatly wrote out the addresses on the envelopes. Neither of us is a calligrapher, but we thought the color gave it some pizzaz. Could you do something similar, use ink in your colors instead of paying a calligrapher?
Post # 14
We didn’t have the money in the budget for calligraphy, even though I love the look. My mom insisted we hand-address the invitations (which I was okay with), so I wrote them myself. I used my nicest handwriting, which, as a teacher, is pretty nice looking. 🙂
Post # 15
I figured that people would throw away the envelope anyway, I used a nice thick pen and hand-addressed them. My handwriting is nice but there was certainly nothing elegant about the addresses. I will also be handwriting the names on the seating cards for the reception (and making those cards to match the invitations) If I had a totally unlimited budget I would hire a calligrapher, but that was one of the first things we decided we didn’t need.
Post # 16
I printed mine on my home printer. They came out fabulous and everyone actually thought I had hand written them. You can see them here
Like you, I tried Jenn’s writing over trick, but it was sooooooo not working for me.